Largest Animals On Planet Earth

Nov 30, 2020Shilo Maloney

From the idea that only 5% of the ocean has been explored to the other tremendous fact that the Amazon alone covers 5,5 million km², we've only just graced the tapestry of the animal world, and that is as exciting as it is scary. With that being said, we thought it would be fascinating for us to look at not how big the animal kingdom is, but rather, what the biggest animals in the kingdom actually are. Some are pretty obvious (whales and elephants) but you might be caught by surprise by which other animals, like jellyfish and beetles, are bigger than you might expect.

Leatherback Sea Turtle

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Turtles of any kind aren't necessarily the fastest creatures on the planet, and that's pretty much clear. But, they're still a fascinating species based on their build. Particularly, the Leatherback Sea Turtle is the largest of all living turtles. Roughly, you'll find them weighing around a staggering 1100 pounds.

Goliath Beetle

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You can already judge by the name that the Goliath Beetle is in no way shape or form the size of any beetle that you may have come across. Coming in at 100 grams, it's the largest insect around. And just for scale, the average beetle size is 3 milligrams, so that tells you everything about the size of this one, not just in comparison, but in general.

The Great White Shark

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Perhaps one of the biggest tragedies in the shark family is that they'll never know how much representation their species received in Hollywood as the resident antagonist of the sea. The Great Whites have seen their time in the limelight, and with an average size of 2.5 tons, it's quite easy to see why they're so feared and also revered.

Tiger Shark

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The Tiger Shark family hasn't been seen on-screen or spoken up in common culture the same way its cousin species, the Great White, has been, and that's a shame. They would make for great ocean villains too because they can sometimes average around the staggering 200-350 pound region.

Beluga Whale

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The always happy-looking Beluga Whale always seems to be the happiest of animals that live under the sea. This may fool you, but the 1.5 ton species is about as deadly as any other large creature you would hope to never come across while swimming at sea.

Africa Bush Elephant

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Seeing an elephant on this list is definitely inevitable. Often the subject in a simile that's related to describing something "big", the African Bush Elephant is the largest of its species. Coming in at a whopping 11 tons, it's a marvel of a creature, and even to show off, the can lift up to 400 pounds of anything with their trunks alone.

Humpback Whale

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Certainly not the only one from its astounding species, the Humpback Whale is nonetheless a massive beast that knows how to bully the ocean with its size. They average around 40 tons, it would literally take 20 Great White sharks to even compete (in terms of size), and that's jaw-dropping alone. Plus, they're apparently the 'singers of the ocean' so they're not just big, they're talented too.

Lion’s Mane Jellyfish

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There's no way on Earth Spongebob, who you may or may not know is an avid jellyfish fisher, could go toe-to-toe with the Lion's Mane. They weigh around 200 pounds and cross the 120ft length line, meaning they would be far too big to fit in Bob's delightful little net.

Whale Shark

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You might be a big deal when your name consists of both of the most dominant creatures in the entire animal kingdom. The Whale Shark, which received its name not from cross-breeding, but rather due to its massive size that resembles that of the whale, weighs 20.6 tones on average and stands as the second-largest fish roaming the waters. 

American Alligator

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The American Alligator is a creature that almost feels like it perfectly fits the American ideology and ethos. Big and patriotic, as you can tell by how proudly it brandishes its country on its identity. With a killer 1000 pounds to its figure, its not a beast to be messed with. 

Nile Crocodile

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The Nile Crocodile also doesn't mince words when describing which area it's repping. At a staggering 500 pounds, it's not the biggest, but much like its namesake, its 16ft length tells you that it represents the Nile River not just by name, but how long the creature is.

Saltwater Crocodile

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The Saltwater Crocodile (no guess as to what type of water it dwells in) is the largest living crocodilian from India’s east coast to northern Australia and Micronesia. This scary and salty animal comes in between 1 - 1.08 tons, truly tremendous in every single sense of the word.

Right Whale

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Weighing in an incredible 70 tons, the Right Whale is one of the largest dwellers of the endless ocean. Spanning an even 50ft on average, this species is nothing if not magnificent in its massiveness. It received its very on-the-nose name after the hunters found them the best and chosen one for hunting purposes that is “The Right one”.

Sperm Whale

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The Sperm Whale is quite the load and that's a reference to nothing more than its weight. At 35-45 tons, most of that should definitely be credited to its extremely large and certainly comical forehead shape. The rest of that is all genetics and the sheer fact that this beast takes in about 1 ton worth of food daily.

Blue Whale

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The Right Whale weighs an incredible 70 tons but it still comes up short to the largest animal--scratch that--largest living creature in the world's ecosystem (as far as we know) known as The Blue Whale. While it may be centuries before anything of this magnitude and majesty come across, we have to admire this gem's 200-ton figure that puts it at the very top of the biggest and most beautiful living works of art alive.

These are just some of the most astounding animals that our ecosystem has to offer. From land and deep into the sea, they are all works of indelible art that we're all lucky to see in our lifetime. Which animal on this list is your personal favorite? 

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